NCL CROSSROADS CHAPTER ANNOUNCED 2020 SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
The Crossroads Chapter of National Charity League (NCL) announced that Jade Finley, a recent Guerin Catholic High School graduate, is its 2020 scholarship winner. Finley will be attending Marian University this fall to study nursing.
Finley was awarded the $500 NCL Crossroads scholarship for her consistent involvement in community service, leadership and cultural activities.
“There were many worthy scholarship candidates. It’s so exciting to see so many young adults who have already taken such an active role in making an impact in their community,” says Erica Urba, Chair of the NCL Crossroads Scholarship Committee. “Jade Finley, though, stood out among her peers. She exemplifies all NCL’s key pillars: community service, leadership and cultural involvement. It’s an honor to recognize her and her hard work and accomplishments.”
Community service is at the heart of the NCL scholarship and in the heart of Finley. One of the most meaningful ways that Finley has impacted the community is through her Senior Girl Scout Gold Award Project. Finley, who was diagnosed with cancer at age 9 and spent countless hours in the hospital and doctors’ office over the past 10 years, created Project JADE: Just A Dose of Encouragement. To show her appreciation for the care she received and pay it forward, Finley raised $2,500, sewed 50 brightly colored fleece pillowcases and filled them with personal care items and age-appropriate activities for patients at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.
Finley also has proven leadership skills. Some of her roles include serving as GCHS student ambassador; a coach, referee and mentor for young volleyball players; and as a Bible school crew leader at Zionsville United Methodist Church.
Finally, the last focus of the scholarship criteria is cultural involvement. Coming from a family of musicians, Finley realized how much she also loved music during high school. She’s been part of multiple choral ensembles and a school musical, as well as performed solos, including the National Anthem at a large gathering.
NCL CROSSROADS CHAPTER OFFERING SCHOLARSHIP FOR FEMALE HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR PURSUING HIGHER EDUCATION
The Crossroads Chapter of National Charity League (NCL) is offering a $500 scholarship to a female high school senior who has shown consistent involvement in community service and leadership. Applicants will have until Feb. 15, 2020, to apply. The winner will be notified in in March.
“This scholarship allows us to recognize a young woman in our community who has shown she values community service, leadership and cultural experiences just like we do at NCL,” Kim Harvey, president of the Crossroads Chapter. “We were so impressed by the caliber of the young women who applied last year and we’re excited to be able to offer the scholarship again this year.”
To apply, go to https://crossroads.nationalcharityleague.org/scholarship.
Key facts about the scholarship
- The scholarship is a one-time, non-renewable scholarship for female high school seniors who reside in Boone or Hamilton counties (IN).
- Applicants may not be involved in National Charity League (NCL) or have an immediate family member who is an NCL member.
- Applicants must be pursuing a post-secondary school education.
- The scholarship award is $500. It will be payable directly to the winner’s college/university.
- Deadline: Feb. 15, 2020
NCL CROSSROADS CHAPTER HOSTS ANNUAL MOTHER-DAUGHTER TEA
Members from the National Charity League Crossroads Chapter gathered at Bridgewater Club on Nov. 17, 2019, for the chapter’s annual Mother-Daughter Tea. Ashley Sieb, digital marketer/writer/public speaker/triathlete/mom, addressed the more than 200-strong chapter. Her presentation, “Beautifully Broken: How to Move Mountains in Your Life,” inspired the women of all ages to embrace what’s broken in their lives and view it as an opportunity to climb mountains and build confidence.
“The lesson of embracing our brokenness should start young, so we see obstacles as opportunities—ones that can shape us in really exciting ways,” says Sieb. “So I jumped at the chance to speak to this group of mothers and daughters, and what a beautiful group they were—ready to scale their mountains and make themselves and their community better.”
NCL Crossroads is comprised of mothers and daughters from Westfield, Carmel and Zionsville school districts. During the year, members volunteer and serve at local philanthropies. The annual tea is an opportunity to come together and celebrate the organization, as well as be inspired by other strong women making a difference in their community.
“This event is a great NCL tradition,” says Kim Harvey, NCL Crossroads Chapter President. “Having someone like Ashley Sieb join us was such an inspiration. Her story is moving and really reminded us that our brokenness doesn’t have to negatively define us. In fact, it can be the catalyst for positive change in our lives. Ashley was really relatable and honest, and I think our daughters valued what they heard from her.”
CROSSROADS CHAPTER HOLDS SECOND ANNUAL DAY OF SERVICE
On October 26, the Crossroads Chapter of National Charity League (NCL) held its second annual Day of Service. Throughout Hamilton and Marion counties, 132 mother and daughter volunteers participated, collectively donating 357 volunteer hours in a single day.
“While we serve alongside our daughters throughout the year, this day is really special as we come together as a chapter on one day to make an even greater difference in our local community,” said Kim Harvey, president of the Crossroads Chapter. “It’s inspiring to see what we can do to positively impact our community when we all work together!”
Philanthropic partners for this event include some truly impactful organizations:
- Open Doors of Westfield
- Maple Park Village
- Sander’s Glen
- The O’Conner House
- Westfield Washington Township Parks and Recreation
- Blankets from Joe / IU Health Foundation
- American Heart Association
- Wheeler Mission
- Indy Honor Flight
CHAPTER ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP AND OTHER AWARD WINNERS
The Crossroads Chapter of National Charity League (NCL) held its annual awards ceremony to recognize its 2019 scholarship winner along with mothers and daughters (grades 7-12) for their community service efforts, which culminated in the chapter donating 2,803 volunteer hours over the past year.
NCL Crossroads Scholarship Winner
The local chapter—the first one in Indiana—has awarded Elizabeth Martine a $500 scholarship for her consistent involvement in community service, leadership and cultural activities. Martine, a senior at Zionsville Community High School, will attend Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business this fall. She plans to pursue a career in Entrepreneurial Business and eventually earn her MBA.
Community service is at the heart of the NCL scholarship and in the heart of Martine. She has been a steadfast volunteer at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church for both Greek Fest and in the Hellenic Dance Troupe. She has served with Best Buddies, The Lord’s Pantry, Women in Engineering at Purdue University and in the Business Professionals of America, among other organizations. After participating in two mission trips to Guatemala, Martine was motivated to get involved with Project Mexico, an organization that helps build homes for deserving families.
Martine also has proven leadership skills. Some of her roles include serving as Vice-President and President for Greek Orthodox Youth of America (GOYA). She has played Lacrosse at Zionsville Community High School and was the Attack Captain in 2018. Since 2010, she has been a National Parks Jr. Ranger 15 for National Parks of America.
Cultural involvement is another key focus of this scholarship and Martine excels in this area as well. She founded and served as Vice President for her high school Greek Club. In 2017, she participated in the IU Honors Program for Foreign Language, where she studied abroad in Spain. Additionally, she has taken mission trips to Mexico and Guatemala.
Chloe Owens, from Westfield High School, received the chapter’s Modelette Award. This award is given to a girl each year who best models the three pillars of the NCL mission: community service, leadership development and cultural experience. In addition to volunteering as the VP of Programs for her NCL class and serving at several NCL philanthropies, Owens helps lead Blankets from Joe, a blanket drive that benefits Indiana University Health Foundation. She also plays volleyball and has been involved with the United Way of Hamilton County Youth Leadership Board.
The chapter also recognized eight mother-daughter pairs for volunteering 25 hours together over the past year. The Mother/Daughter Award was given to:
- Stacie & Ryan Barrett (Westfield Middle School)
- Susan & Ashlyn Benner (Westfield High School)
- Laura & Isabelle Crum (Westfield High School)
- Abby & Rachel Kovacs (Westfield Middle School)
- Christi & Emma Luedke (Westfield High School)
- Heather & Izzy Monger (Carmel Middle School)
- Tabitha & Maggie O’Neal (Westfield High School)
- Michelle & Alexis Paterson (Westfield High School)
Yellow Rose Bud Award
Two Westfield High School juniors, Emma Luedke and Alexis Paterson, received the Yellow Rose Bud Award for donating 50 hours of service to NCL philanthropies.
Yellow Rose & Mission Bell Awards
Additionally, Ashlyn Benner and Maggie O’Neal, also from Westfield High School, were awarded the Yellow Rose Award for completing 75 hours of service to the chapter’s philanthropy partners. Benner and O’Neal also received the chapter’s Mission Bell Award for volunteering 50 hours of service to one NCL Crossroads philanthropy partner. Both girls earned the award for volunteering at Wheeler Mission.